Elanco, the former animal health division of global pharmaceutical firm Eli Lilly and Co., completed a $125 million expansion program to enhance the infrastructure and manufacturing capacity at the Augusta Technology Center site. Anova oversaw safety and quality assurance for the project duration and through owner equipment installation. This included monitoring contractor quality control and safety plans, ensured compliance to standards, defined a clear audit strategy for the plans against project and industry standards through consistent inspections and provided regular metrics and reports on the project.
As safety manager for the project, we used the Lilly Global Facilities Delivery (GFD) process to ensure systems were safe to operate and performed continuous walk down of systems before system startups.
The Augusta Technology Center pharmaceutical plant is largely focused on making Posilac, which increases milk production in cows. The current site was at capacity and needed to expand operations to meet growing national, and global customers demand. The new 40,000 SF manufacturing facility doubled the center’s capacity.
The project required tying a new building into an existing facility without disrupting normal operations. Upon commencement of the project, Anova deployed a strategy of audits and inspections in alignment with the construction schedule. This approach ensured appropriate attention was given to activities as dictated by the schedule. We integrated our team with the existing site operations to create constant communication to help streamline construction. We also worked off hours and during operation shutdowns to maintain the schedule. We developed project-specific checklists for each specification which were executed by the master quality plan.
All data gathered was communicated to the project team for review and follow through. These metrics allowed the team to adjust the schedule throughout the project which improved the overall quality thereby saving time in construction, inspection and delivered an improved process.